June 2017

Dear CIM Supporters,

It is less than a week until the 10th Anniversary Minnesota Irish Music Weekend  when we welcome master artists  John Carty, Colm O'Donnell, James Kelly, Méabh Begley, Sean Gavin, Aislinn Gagliardi (harp)  to Saint Paul to teach and perform alongside own talented teaching artists.  Classes are filling up, but it is not too late to register for most of the workshops.  P urchase your tickets for the highlight of the weekend, the  MIM Master Artist Concert on Saturday, June 10th.

Have you heard?  CIM's hard-working studen ts played their hearts out at the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil in St. Louis in early May, earning 1st and 2nd place honors in three of the highly competitive group competitions (1st place-U18 Grúpa Ceoil; 1st place-U15 ceili band; and 2nd place-U18 ceili band), while bringing home an astonishing 35 medals from dozens of solo competitions! Not only did CIM musicians and the Pig's Eye Ceili Band make Minnesota proud, but 17 of the 27 youth are travelling to Ennis to compete in the All-Ireland Fleadh and Scoil Éigse this August. Congratulations!

Please consider supporting CIM's first-ever group trip to Ireland by making a donation on our GiveMN Fleadh Challenge page. The first $300 donated will be matched by Irish On Grand. If you are interested in being a matching donor for this effort, please contact Norah directly.
27 students, parents and instructors travelled to St. Louis to compete in the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil

Over the May 19-21 weekend, we enjoyed four Spring term recitals full of beautifully-played tunes and songs from over 90 students.  Thanks to everyone who brought a potluck item, volunteered, to our instructors for making the recitals such a great success.  Todd Menton's emceeing brought the Friday night adult open mic to a new level of fun altogether.  We will post photos on our Facebook page soon.

Finally, don't forget to register now for summer camps, group classes and private lessons.  Summer term runs from June 12th through August 20th.

Click on the links below to register for:


Thanks for reading through CIM's June newsletter.   I look forward to seeing you tonight at 7pm at the Como Dockside Pavilion !

Norah Rendell, CIM Executive Director

Summer Classes and Camps at CIM

Children's Summer Camps 
Today is the last day for discounts for summer camps!  !


Exploring Irish Instruments

-July 17-21, 9am-noon, ages 4-7, taught by Becca Michaelson


Introduction to the Irish Harp   

-June 26-30, 10am-noon, ages 8-12, taught by Mattie Ernst


Rince agus Ceol Dance & Music Camp 

-August 14-18, 9am-noon, ages 7-11, taught by Danielle Enblom


Playing Together - An Introduction to Ensemble Playing

-August 21-25, 10am-12pm, ages 8-12, taught by Norah Rendell

Summer Group Classes
Our variety of youth and adult ensembles continue over the summer. Additionally, we are offering several adult song, language, and Irish poetry classes to enrich your summer learning!  Check out all of the offerings here .

Summer Private Lessons
Please contact Lorin  directly to schedule private lessons over the summer. Continuing students should have already received an e-mail from Lorin.  
Please include the following information: 
  • Your instrument 
  • Instructor preference, if any (consult instructors page)
  • Availability (weekday during day, weekday evenings, or weekends only - plus times)
CIM Brings Home 35 Medals from Midwest Fleadh
17 CIM Students Plan First CIM Trip to Ireland!

1st Place Winners -12-15 Ceili Band
Young musicians from The Center for Irish Music (CIM) made an impressive showing at the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil in St. Louis, MO, on Mother's Day weekend, returning to Minnesota with an astounding 35 awards for first-through third-place finishes.

"I couldn't be more proud to bring these young musicians to the Fleadh," said Norah Rendell, CIM executive director. "This year's tremendously successful showing is a testament not only to their passion for the music, but to the quality of the teaching at the school."

The Midwest Fleadh was held May 12-14 and drew more than 200 musicians to St. Louis, where competitors who won 1st or 2nd place in their categories qualified to compete in the world's largest Irish music festival, the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann taking place in Ennis, Ireland this August. That famous event is sponsored by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the premier organization devoted to preserving and promoting traditional Irish music. More than 400,000 people are expected to flock to the All-Ireland Fleadh, including competitors from all over world, during the week-long festival in County Clare.

Among the competitors will be 17 youth musicians from The Center for Irish Music. Twenty-seven students performed in St. Louis over the fleadh weekend, playing in 58 separate categories and taking home 1st place in 22 of them, with another eight winning 2nd place medals and a further five finishing in 3rd place. Fundraising efforts to help defray the expense of the travel to Ireland have begun.

Age categories at the St. Louis Fleadh included Under 12, 12 to 15 and 15 to 18, with competitors coming from Chicago, Cincinnati, St. Louis and other cities around the Midwest, including some from as far away as Seattle. The Center for Irish Music's first-place awards included category wins in accordion, whistle, flute, singing in Irish and English, tenor banjo, Ceili Band, duo, trio, and Grúpa Ceoil (music ensemble).

TONIGHT Thursday, June 1
Jumpstart your June with tunes from CIM's Advanced Youth Ensemble! Como Dockside Pavilion, 1360 Lexington Parkway N, St. Paul. 7:00 - 8:30 pm. FREE

Friday, June 2
Join the Two Tap Trio, featuring CIM instructors Norah Rendell, Brian Miller and Mary Vanorny, at the Flint Hills Children's Festival. Rice Park World Stage, St. Paul. 12:30 - 1:00 pm. FREE

Saturday, June 3 
Get your second dose of the Two Tap Trio as they play for Rince na Chroi at the Flint HIlls Children's Festival. Rice Park World Stage, St. Paul. 11:15-11:45am.  FREE

Sunday, June 4
Visit Irish on Grand on  Grand Old Day and enjoy tunes from CIM ensembles:
11:30am - Open Sky Ensemble
12:30pm - An Luan Ensemble
1:30pm - Advanced Youth Ensemble raising funds for their CIM trip to Ireland for the All-Ireland Fleadh.  Support this effort and make a donation to the CIM for the Fleadh Challenge!!

Friday June 9 - Sunday, June 11
Minnesota Irish Music Weekend MIM
The 10th Annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend offers something for everyone, including workshops and programming for youth and adults, our signature Great Session Experience, and the Master Artists Concert. Click here for more information, registration info and to purchase concert tickets

Friday, June 9
Kick off MIM weekend with the Great Session Experience at the Center for Irish Music. Celtic Junction, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. 

Saturday, June 10
John Carty - TG4 Musician of the Year
Join us at the MIM Master Artists Concert for the rare opportunity to hear master musicians John Carty, Colm O'Donnell, James Kelly, Méabh Begley, and Sean Gavin share a stage. Buy your tickets now at centerforirishmusic.org. Celtic Junction Arts Center, 7:30 pm. 

Thursday, June 15
Brass Lassie, featuring CIM instructors Mary Vanorny and Danielle Enblom, will perform at the Normandale Lake Bandshell in Bloomington. 7:00 pm. 


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